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The Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids on the Body

By: Shannon Persad February 26, 2020 no comments

The Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids on the Body

With growing trends comes growing concerns. Marijuana is the second most used substance in the U.S. after alcohol. However, there is an artificial form called synthetic cannabinoids.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Synthetic cannabinoids are not one drug. Hundreds of different synthetic cannabinoid chemicals are manufactured and sold. New ones with unknown health risks become available each year. Synthetic cannabinoids are popular because users often believe they are legal and relatively safe.”

There are various ways to consume synthetic cannabinoids:

  • “Sprayed onto plant material and smoked
  • Mixed into a liquid and vaped in electronic nicotine delivery devices (such as e-cigarettes)
  • Added to herbal tea or to food and swallowed”

Side Effects of Synthetic Cannabinoids

The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has a list of side effects from synthetic cannabinoids, such as “extreme anxiety, confusion, paranoia, and hallucinations.”

NIDA also states synthetic cannabinoids are addictive, resulting in the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Irritability

Some sever effects include (NIDA):

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Violent behavior
  • Suicidal thoughts

The CDC suggests the following health problems:

  • Breathing problems
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Heart attack, fast heart rate, high blood pressure, and stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Muscle damage

Synthetic cannabinoids affect brain functions, with symptoms including (CDC):

  • Agitation and irritability
  • Confusion and concentration problems
  • Hallucinations, delusions, psychosis, suicidal thoughts, and violent behavior
  • Seizures
  • Sleepiness and dizziness

CDC also states synthetic cannabinoids can lead to severe illness or death. Today, much like many synthetic drugs, they are mixed with harmful substances, such as flakka or bath salts. Even worse, some may include deadly substances, which are hard to detect, leading to overdose deaths.

How to Get Help for Substance Abuse

If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction or any other substance abuse, contact ATSI at 1-(855)-498-2121 for a confidential consultation.

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